Is G.S. 20-111 (2) ..."you did unlawfully and willfully display a registration number plate knowing the same top be revoked" a criminal offense.I am pondering whether to just pay it even though I have proof tag is legal because it's in another county and I will be out of town.
You can pay the fine and move on with your life, of course (unless court appearance is mandatory). However, since it's a criminal offense and you have proof of your innocence, I would advise you to either clear your schedule to make an appearance or request continuance to set the hearing for when it is more convenient to you. Even if the judge does not accept your proof, he will likely to at least reduce the penalty if you show up. You may also be eligible for a Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC), which is a finding of guilt without an entry of judgment for a criminal or traffic offense. If you receive a PJC on a traffic citation you may receive no DMV points or insurance points under certain circumstances. When you use a PJC, the courts will not asses a fine, although court costs will have to be paid. You can use one PJC every three years per household for insurance point purposes, and two Prayer for Judgments every five years for DMV point purposes.traffic7777741036.6509291319
How badly does that reflect on your record...i.e. jobs, etc
It'll be especially hard for you to get jobs that require driving and government jobs (because it's a crime involving dishonesty). You would have to disclose it on any job application that asks about criminal record. Best thing to do is to reschedule the hearing for when it's convenient to you and try to plea bargain, where you plead guilty to a lesser (non-criminal) offense for a reduction in penalties. If that doesn't work, PJC and traffic school can help a lot. Chances are you will get some leniency if you at least show up to the hearing.
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